27 Oct 2022 8:15 p.m
The Federal Foreign Office has “strongly” condemned the Iranian sanctions against German media. As a result, numerous users on social media accused the ministry of double standards and recalled the censorship measures against RT DE.
In response to the Western sanctions against the country, Iran has now also put EU politicians and European institutions on a sanctions list: Media organizations are also on the list published by the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. Among other things, the Persian-speaking departments of the Deutsche Welle (DW) and from Radio France Internationale (RFI), the international service of public radio in France, as well as picture-Editor-in-Chief Johannes Boie and the picture-Reporter Alexandra Würzbach called. Iran accuses the institutions and people of “supporting terrorism”. The EU had previously imposed sanctions on Iran in response to the government’s response to the unrest in the country.
After the list became known, Boie tweeted that Iran was a “state of terror” and said that the “fear of a free press” and the “anger at our reporting on Iran” must be boundless. Also the director of Deutsche Welle, Peter Limbourg, criticized Iran’s actions and claimed that Iran “has been threatening our colleagues in the Farsi editorial team and their families for a long time”. This is “unacceptable”:
“The regime promotes terrorism internally and externally. I expect that politics in Germany and Europe will increase the pressure on the regime.”
The sanctions against DW However, this will not prevent the editors from “supplying our users in Iran with reliable information,” said Limbourg. The Federal Foreign Office has also commented and wrote on Twitter:
“We strongly condemn the Iranian sanctions against German media. Sanctioning free media shows once again how #Iran internationally recognized rights to freedom of the press and freedom of expression have been suppressed.”
However, the statements by the Federal Foreign Office were not well received on Twitter: numerous users accused the ministry of double standards and referred to the sanctions against Russian media and the censorship measures against them RT DE. As one user wrote:
“But censorship is okay here with us? What about RT Deutsch? Sputnik News? You really don’t notice anything anymore. Pathetic.”
But here with us is censorship okay? What about RT German? Sputnik News? You really don’t notice anything anymore. pathetic.
— G.Kastriota (@KastriotaG) October 26, 2022
Another user asked:
“…and why did you then sanction Russian media?”
…and why did you then sanction Russian media?
— by Rummelsburg (@BENS085) October 26, 2022
Some commentators referred to the recent tightening of German criminal law:
“Where should there still be large ‘free media’ in your ‘New Germany’? You’re from Germany #Censorship Country did. The farces with the blocking of Russian media and the ridiculous change of §130 StGB (in the small print of a BT vote) send their regards.”
Where should there still be large “free media” in your “New Germany”? You’re from Germany #Censorship Country did. The farces with the blocking of Russian media and the ridiculous change of §130 StGB (in the small print of a BT vote) send their regards.
— Johannes Normann (Resistance Missionary) (@JohannesNormann) October 27, 2022
Another user wrote:
“Well then! Quickly allow RT again… right? #Hypocrite“
Regarding the sanctions policy of the federal government, the following was noted:
“So, you sanction, sanctions are coming and now you’re complaining. Far from any logic. We live in a sanction-driven world. I’m still waiting for the sanctions against China so that we can [aus] say goodbye to the trading world.”
So, you sanction, sanctions are coming and now you complain. Far from any logic. We live in a sanctions-driven world. I’m still waiting for the sanctions on China for us to say goodbye to the trade world.
— Volker Weis (@VolkerWeis) October 26, 2022
Other users took the policy of the German Foreign Ministry with humor and asked:
“What is satire allowed to do?”
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